Browsing Posts from November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Give the Gift Of…A New Scent

KENZO L’EauParKenzo Eau de Toilette ($29/.7oz @ – aquatic floral.

CLINIQUE Happy-To-Go ($30/4.8g @ – 3 Solid Perfume PencilsHappy, Wealth of Flowers and Hint of Citrus.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Pretty Eau de Parfum Spray ($39/1oz @ – fruity floral.

MAISON FRANCIS KURKDIJAN Lumiere Noire Pour Femme ($145/2.5oz @ – spiced rose.

PRADA L’eau Ambree Eau de Parfum refill ($78/2.7oz @ – woody amber.



Friday, November 27, 2009

Give the Gift of ... Scents

Hillhouse-Naturals-Soy-Candle-in-Evergreen Not one for Black Friday or need a hostess gift pronto? There’s no better way to get in the holiday mood then with seasonal fragrances. Scents conjure many memories and holiday ones bring the snuggly ones to mind. I’ve been using HILLHOUSE NATURALS Fragranced Soy Candle in Evergreen ($24/5oz @ @ from the Winter Collection to set the mood all week and my house smells like a pine tree.


Or if you need to set the mood in the room instantly, THE SOAP & PAPER FACTORY Aromatic Room Spray in Roland Pine ($18/4oz @ should do the trick.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

3Lab Perfect Neck Cream

3Lab-Perfect-Neck-Cream How many times have you seen a celebrity with a super tight pulled face that looks pretty great and then your eyes wonder down to her neck and … eee gads, there’s her age!? So that leads me to a few questions to think about. When you’re washing your face at the end of the day, do you also wash your neck and upper chest?  What about moisturizer? Do you work the moisturizer from your face down into your neck and chest? If you want to start making a concerted effort to start paying attention to your neck area, do it with 3LAB Perfect Neck Cream ($120/2oz). Yup, a product created especially for the neck. It contains the world’s first bio-engineered growth hormone called Nano-Claire GY to help smooth and turn back the hands of time. It also has ingredients to tighten the skin like zinc, magnesium and copper – think of those firming body creams. Just use once in the morning and once at night when you do your normal beauty routine.


Bottom line - yes, I could just use a face cream over the neck area like I have been all these years but this one has ingredients specially made for it so I know I’m getting the nutrients that area needs and I think I like that.

Available starting tomorrow on,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Have Mascara Confusion? Bobbi Brown and Smashbox Clear It Up!

Bobbi-Brown-Extreme-Party-Mascara-Smashbox-Lash-DNA-Mascara I have to echo a reader’s recent comment that they are, “sick of every brand promising longer fuller lashes and then failing to deliver.” I mean, instead of bugging us bloggers to state where we get a product from when reviewing something, maybe they should focus on the products and the claims they make. It’s a well known fact that a lot of the ads in magazines for mascaras have the models wearing false lashes. Why is this ok to do? It’s completely misleading. So when it comes to mascara, my flag is also up but two new ones are getting my stamp of approval here.


BOBBI BROWN Extreme Party Mascara ($22 @ is one is you can layer. As in let a coat dry and then add another one to get le volume. Have you ever been able to do that before? Not to my knowledge. Just make sure you use a lash comb to comb through each coat. (I’m a big fan of this one to comb through lashes). And just how many coats? I tried three and then four and decided three looked the best.


SMASHBOX Lash DNA Mascara ($19 @ uses a, get this, Double Helix Brush to get every single lash, no matter how short, lengthened and defined. And this has such a cute tag line, “Defy genetics with Lash DNA.”

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ineke's Latest Brings Us to Paris

Ineke-Field-Notes-from-Paris-fragrance The INEKE line just came out with a new scent called Field Notes from Paris ($88/2.5oz @ and It’s unisex and is a Woody Oriental, which can be overwhelming for some. Unlike other categories in beauty, that’s the beauty (pun intended!) of fragrances, if you know your notes, then you can simply read about a fragrance and pretty much know if it’s one you should check out. So if you already know you like the sexy Woody Oriental or are looking for a fragrance that makes a statement, read on.

  • Top: Coriander Seed, Orange Flower, Bergamot
  • Middle: Tobacco Flower & Leaf, Patchouli, Cedar
  • Base: Tonka Bean, Leather, Beeswax, Vanilla
Friday, November 20, 2009

The Latest Technology in Skin Care - Caudalie Premier Cru

Caudalie-Premier-Cru-La-Creme Anyone who knows me knows I’m not much of a wine person. I much prefer an ice cold beer, but I learned a new interesting wine fact with this next product. There is a term called Premier Cru, which was created by Napoleon III in the mid-1800s that grades the quality of vineyards and ranks them from the first to the fifth. And in its history, only five have ever come in first or Premier. And now you can use the Premier one in skin care, or at least according to them! The power of grape seed has long been the star ingredient in the CAUDALIE line and they just came out with Premier Cru La Crème, that not helps celebrate 10 years but has three patents. Yup, you read correctly, three patents to prevent, correct and maintain.
They recommend almost two months of straight usage to see results and I am almost to that mark. What do I see? Honestly, not much change with the naked eye but someone commented that my skin looked great the other day so if they notice it, it must be doing something! Oh and I had zero makeup on at the time. Things that make you go hmmmm. $150/1.7oz only @

And as I was writing this up, I read a review of a long time La Mer user switching permanently to this one. That’s pretty big.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Budget Beauty False Eyelashes With Revlon

Revlon-Fantasy-Lengths-False-Eyelashes-in-Chic I’ll admit it, most of the false eyelashes we’ve covered in the past have been a little over the top, however, there are some great everyday ones out there. Ones I wore over the weekend were 'Fantasy Lengths' Maximum Wear Glue on Eyelashes from REVLON in Chic. They really looked real so maybe they should call them Natural Lengths? As you know the lashes come in an array of styles and lengths and the other one I recommend for daytime look is Flirty.

They also have lashes that are self-adhesive aka require no glue, but I find the glue ones are easier to handle, but that’s the beauty of beauty, what works for one might not work for another but it’s nice to have options. $5.49 @

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Give Hair Texture & Bigness With Sebastian Professional

I knew I was onto something when my neighbor came down her stairs as I was walking to my garage for a night out on the town and said, “Wow, I really like your hair!” I hadn’t done anything drastically different other than give my long locks some texture. I guess I have been on the smooth/lazy bandwagon too long and not so much big or piecey, like it was that night. Meow!


Since I just had the Brazilian Keratin Treatment done to my hair again recently, the only thing I can do these days is texturize it, which is fine by me.
So what did I have in my hair? One of the products from SEBASTIAN’s new Texture Collection. Think of them like a car with each one performance driven and these are made for those with long hair, yeah!


It’s made up of three products:

  • Microweb Fiber: Elastic Texturizer ($18.95/1.5oz) – inspired by the flexibility, invisibility and invincibility of a spider’s web. Gives hair flexibility and a soft texture.
  • Texturizer: Flexible Bodifying Liquigel ($15.95/5.1oz) – a medium hold gel that gives straight hair some pieciness and curly hair definition.
  • Matte Putty: Soft-dry Texturizer ($16.95/2.6oz) – provides a matte finish. Use to create a piecy look.

Get them @



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The New Lippies from Estee Lauder Really Do Stay!

Estee-Lauder-Double-Wear-Stay-In-Place-Lipstick I don’t know the last time I felt such a creamy lipstick that was long wearing as these ESTEE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lipstick  ($22). They contain a polymeric technology and flexible film formers help the color stay satiny, stay true and well, stay on!

And there are some great colors like the blue red of Stay Scarlet and a tawny called Stay Ginger. Yes, they are a little on the pricey side but if my lips stay moist and stay colored, it’s worth it. 

The also came out with complementing Double Wear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencils ($19) too, so stock up on those that don't move!

Both @

Monday, November 09, 2009

Crabtree & Evelyn Lend A Helping Hand

Crabtree-&-Evelyn-Hand-Therapy-Collection Let’s talk hands as in getting them in shape. I mean, do you ever specifically do a treatment on your hands? And if you do, how often? Apply sunscreen on the backs of your palms? I admit that I neglect the hands a lot of the time but these new ones from CRABTREE AND EVELYN will remind me. They just put out a Hand Therapy Collection in Citron Honey & Coriander that helps keep hands buff and looking presentable. Each are free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, and mineral oils and instead contain hydrating botanicals and anti-oxidants. And the Citron Honey & Coriander scent is really enjoyable. I love great smelling products!


Choose from the following:

  • Hand Therapy ($15/3.5oz, $8/1.8oz)
  • Scrub Cleanser ($15/8.5oz)
  • Creamy Cleanser ($15/8.8oz)
  • Hand Recovery ($20/3.5oz)
  • Rejuvenating Hand Remedy ($24/3.4oz)
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